Chamomilla has traditionally been used for symptoms associated with teething, colic, dry & tickling coughs and earaches when the child has one cheek red and one pale and is restless, hot, thirsty, cranky, sensitive to pain and can’t be pleased.
Always read the label. Homoeopathic principles should be applied when using this remedy. If symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner promptly.
Remedy picture as described in traditional homoeopathic texts.
Chamomilla as a homoeopathic remedy is helpful for difficult behaviour characterised by sudden spiteful or uncivil irritability, a very low pain threshold, and complaining: “I can’t bear it!”
A great children’s teething remedy, Chamomilla is also commonly used in home prescribing for colic, colds, fevers and earaches.
The person is temperamental and irritable, bad tempered and cannot be appeased. They are always complaining, cross, uncivil and quarrelsome. Over sensitive, especially to pain which seems unbearable; the individual demands instant relief from discomfort. Suffering seems out of proportion to the disorder. Anxious dreams causing one to wake and feel angry. Temper tantrums, symptoms from abuse of coffee.
Teething: Chamomilla is a very useful remedy for teething pain where the child is driven frantic by the pain. Teething pains, with irritability, fever and greenish diarrhoea. Child wants to be carried and is very capricious.
Ears: Sensitivity to cold wind around the ears and nose; earaches with unbearable soreness, swelling and heat; ears feel stopped up; ringing in ears; roaring like rushing water; stitching pains.
Face: One cheek red and the other pale is a characteristic sign of the remedy; hot clammy sweat on forehead and scalp during sleep; headaches worse in the morning and 9pm. Throbbing headaches felt in one half of the brain with the desire to bend head backwards.
Chest: Spells of irritable, dry tickling cough; hoarseness and rattling of mucus. The cough is worse around 9-12 pm but doesn’t wake the child.
Female: Irregular and very distressing labour like pains during menses. Pains going down inner thighs with profuse discharge of dark clotted blood.
Pains: Pains can be cutting, crampy, spasmodic or numbing. Cramps in calves; violent rheumatic pains that drive the person out of bed and cause them to walk around; ankles give way in the afternoon. Numbness and stiffness of hands when gripping objects. The person magnifies their pain and becomes prostrate with it.
Pregnancy and Birth: Labour pains where the woman says ‘I can’t do it’, the pain feels intolerable and she can be very angry and irritable. Distressing after pains. In breastfeeding, the nipples are inflamed and very tender which prevents feeding and makes the mother increasingly irritable.
Stomach: Pains in the stomach where the baby is very irritable and restless and wants to be carried around; stomach distended with much wind; griping pain around the naval; diarrhoea with stools hot, sour, yellowish green, slimy and offensive, smelling like bad eggs.
Sleep: Moaning, weeping and wailing during sleep. Anxious dreams with half open eyes. Drowsy but won’t sleep, especially after stimulants such as coffee ( or breastfeeding mum consuming stimulating foods or drinks).
Temperature: Chilly but easily overheated. Coldness of one part and heat in another. Sweaty head and thirst during fever.
• Great irritability and hypersensitivity
• Unbearable pain causing despair
• Restless; wants to be carried around constantly
• Hot and thirsty
• One cheek red and one pale
• Earaches with unbearable pain
• Infantile diarrhoea like chopped spinach
• Severe menstrual cramps with irritability and anger
• Teething and times of growth
• Taking cold
• Bad news
Better: being carried; warm wet weather; sweating; cold applications;
walking improves backache and rheumatic pains.
Worse: teething; anger; abuse of coffee; cold wind; being looked at, spoken to or touched; heat; warm food; night especially 9pm.
Repetition of the dose: may need repetition more frequently for the first couple of doses with acute symptoms.
Compare to: Aconite, Pulsatilla, Belladonna, Bryonia, Nux vomica.
Follow with: Calc carb, Sulphur or Silica.
Homoeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing that gently and safely restores health and vitality to the mind and body by encouraging the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. This makes it an empowering tool for parents in the nurturing and health care of their children.
Homoeopathy recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony and that it is the patient who needs treatment - not the disease.
Homoeopathic medicine is understood to act by stimulating a healing response in the body by way of its similarity to the existing complaint.
Homoeopathy follows definite scientific laws of preparation, prescription and cure.
Taking of Homoeopathic Remedies
- The remedies are absorbed in the mouth, so are best held in the mouth for several minutes before swallowing. In the case of pilules, allow them to dissolve under the tongue.
- Unless the dose is very frequent, half an hour before meals, or between meals, is the best time to take your dose. However, 10 minutes before or after a meal or taking a drink, is acceptable.
- Do not use peppermint toothpaste, or drink strong peppermint tea, or ordinary coffee as these may antidote your remedies.
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- Do not touch the remedies with your hands. Liquids may be administered on a teaspoon, diluted with water. Likewise, when administering pilules to infants or small children, a teaspoon is helpful. Pilules can be rolled into the lid of the vial, and then dropped under the tongue.
- If any pilules are dropped, they should be discarded and not returned to the bottle.
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- When using Homoeopathic remedies, do not use products such as "Vicks" or "Deep Heat", as these will antidote the remedy. There are very effective Homoeopathic creams which you can use instead when needed.
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